Lancashire Confirms 2008/9 Academy Intake

	Lancashire Confirms 2008/9 Academy Intake
Lancashire Confirms 2008/9 Academy Intake

Lancashire County Cricket Club is pleased to announce the four players who have been confirmed in the 2008/09 Lancashire Academy, with a further four cricketers still undergoing a series of re-tests.

The 2008/09 Lancashire Academy is aiming to add to the seven players who have already gone on to sign professional contracts with the club, not forgetting two others who signed contracts away from Old Trafford.  Steven Croft, Tom Smith, Karl Brown, Steven Mullaney, Stephen Parry, Steven Cheetham and Simon Kerrigan are all Academy Graduates, and all form part of the 2009 Lancashire squad. 

Three out of the four confirmed players are new Members to the Academy, with only Jordan Clark returning for a second year:

Jordan Clark
DOB: 14/10/90
Right-hand Bat

Right-arm Medium

A talented batsman who plays for Cleator Cricket Club in Cumbria.  Jordan was a Member of the 2008 Academy and made three appearances in Lancashire’s 2ndXI towards the end of the 2008 season.

Tom Hardman
DOB: 3/12/90

Right-hand Bat
Right-arm Medium


Tom is new to the Lancashire Academy and plays his cricket for Heywood Cricket Club (Central Lancashire League)

John Kettle
DOB: 24/08/89

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(Batsman that can Keep)

John is another new member of the Academy and plays for Oulton Park CC in the Cheshire League.

Liam Livingstone
DOB: 4/08/93
Right-hand Bat

Right-arm Leg Spinner

At 15, Liam is the youngest Member of the 2009 Academy.  Liam plays his cricket for Barrow Cricket Club in Cumbria.

The other four cricketers who are being re-tested for physical competency are; Chris Connolly, Luke Perry, Kathryn Cross and Muhammad Abid.

All eight players started the 2008/09 Academy Programme in early November, with re-tests taking place towards the end of the year and the final Academy intake to be confirmed in early 2009.

On making the announcement, Academy Director John Stanworth said; “Although only in its seventh year, the Academy has already seen seven of its graduates sign professional contracts for Lancashire – that is a fantastic achievement, and the primary objective for establishing the Academy.”

“We have very high expectations for our Academy Members, and this is why we have a very thorough and stringent selection process.  We are always looking to raise the bar and challenge those players in the programme.”

“The players will train as a squad at Old Trafford twice a week, and during the winter months will get the opportunity to train along side members from the First-Team squad, providing further inspiration and insight during their development.”

Royton Cricket Club’s Luke Proctor (RHB/Right-medium) and Milnrow Cricket Club’s Michael Baer (Slow Left-arm Spinner) have also signed 12-month Scholarships with Lancashire for 2009.  Luke is a graduate of the Lancashire Academy and this is Michael’s second year as a Scholarship player with the club.

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